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SPN offers a yearly live webinar series that provides timely year-round education on issues impacting our profession. From immunizations to implementing DEI into your practice, these webinars keep you apprised of how the latest trends in healthcare may affect you and provide the the chance to engage in dialogue with the presenter. 

Once the live webinar has taken place, webinar recordings are uploaded to the Online Education Center, allowing you the flexibility to earn contact hours on your schedule. 


Cultural Humility in Working with Gender Diverse Youth

Instructor: Bianca Salvetti, DNP, CNS, CPNP-PC
Friday, June 23, 2023, 2:00 pm CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0


In the past 5 years, the number of adolescents and young adults (AYA) who identify as gender diverse has doubled however most nurses receive minimal if any education on caring for LGBTQ+. Historically invisibility and discrimination of this population has contributed to significant health disparities, including suicidality, homelessness, and substance use. This session will explore best practices in working with gender diverse youth. The audience will learn basic language, medical management, and interventions to creating an affirming space. This webinar is provided by the DEI Task Force.


COVID 19: Holistic Health Impacts on Children and their Families

Instructor: Jessica L. Peck DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CNL, FAANP, FAAN
Thursday, May 25, 2023, 11:00 am CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0


This webinar will provide a comprehensive, holistic look at the health impacts of COVID-19 across the pediatric care continuum while exploring direct ramifications for children and their families. Nurses will be engaged and equipped to deliver care that optimizes pediatric health. 


Principles of Antibiotic Stewardship: Historical Perspectives, Current Evidence, & Strategies for the Present and Future

Instructor: Susan Givens Bell, DNP, MABHA, RNC-NIC
Wednesday, April 5, 2023, 12:00 pm CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0


This webinar will provide an overview of the principles of antibiotic stewardship through a review relevant historical perspective, exploration of current evidence on the importance of antibiotic stewardship and effective strategies to promote and apply the principles antibiotic stewards, and description of how we can employ strategies now and in the future.


Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa: How to Diagnose, Ways to Treat, and When to Triage

Instructor: Kyla Bennett, LCSW, LSCSW
Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 3:00 pm CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0


During 2020 -2022 there has been a rise in children and teens seen in the ER with mental health problems. This has also included a rise in eating disorders. Attend this webinar to learn about comorbidities, evidence-based treatments and strategies to assist the patients and families. Eating disorders are among the deadliest mental illnesses, second only to opioid overdose. Attend this webinar to learn strategies to identify and assist your patients with eating disorders. 

The Impact of the SPN Pediatric Nursing Excellence Model on Nursing in the Future 

Instructor: Rhonda Cooper MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Friday, February 24, 2023, 1:00 pm CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0


SPN is committed to defining and delineating how pediatric nursing is different from general nursing practice. This webinar will describe the new SPN Pediatric Nursing Excellence Model, its importance, how to implement the model in your current practice as well as innovative future uses. 

More Than Just Hair: Improving Hair Care Equity in Healthcare

Instructor: Surlina Asamoa, MSN, MHA, RN, CCM & Laura F. Watson, MSN, RN, CDFT
Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 3:00 pm CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0


Description: Nurse educators, hospital leaders, clinical staff, and bedside nursing will all benefit from attending this webinar. When disparities in hair care hygiene are identified in healthcare settings, there are limited resources available to guide organizations and institutions in examining their current practices and identifying opportunities to provide more equitable care. This webinar will share best practices from organizations who have successfully implemented hair care equity programs and will provide necessary resources for health care organizations and institutions to initiate this work in their facilities.

This four part webinar series was developed with collaboration of the DEI task force.

Implementation of a Behavioral Response Team at a Freestanding Pediatric Hospital

Instructor: Erin Quinlan BSHS, BSN, RN, PMH-BC, CCAP and Jennifer Schlebusch BS, MC II

Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 12:30 pm CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

Nurse educators, hospital leaders, clinical staff, and bedside nursing will all benefit from attending this webinar. As the nation navigates a pediatric behavioral health crisis, effective tools and information should be shared amongst health care professionals to ensure optimal care for this patient population is provided. Learn how a hospital created the Behavioral Response Team, the roles within the department, crisis management and the new model of proactive care provided in non-psychiatric settings. 


QPR- Suicide Prevention for Children

Instructor:  Tanner Funk DNP, RN
Monday, November 14, 2022, 12:30 pm CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

This presentation will have a specific focus on reviewing the critical area of suicide prevention by implementing the Question, Persuade, and Referral process. QPR is an emergency mental health intervention for suicidal persons. This course will also provide education on how to identify, assess, and interrupt the crisis and direct that person to the proper care. This presentation would specifically benefit those healthcare providers who work with children in all areas of health care as well as legal guardians and parents. This presentation is particularly important now as there is a striking rise in suicide rates among children and there is an immediate need for education on how to best end this disturbing trend.



Supporting the Grieving Child and Family

Instructor:  David J Schonfeld, MD, FAAP
Thursday, September 29, 2022, 11:00 am CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

This session will describe the distinction between trauma and grief and provide practical advice on how to support grieving children and their families. A range of topics will be covered, including what not to stay, considerations related to grief across different cultures, identifying and addressing guilt, misconceptions and literal misinterpretations, children’s conceptual understanding of death and the unique challenges for grieving children with intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Free resources for addressing these issues and many others from the Coalition to Support Grieving Students will be shared.


State Advocacy - A Grassroots Toolkit for Gender Affirming Care

Panelists: Niki Fogg, Laura Kubin, Michaela Lewis, Michelle Cole, Maria Panayotou, Heidi McNeely

Wednesday, August 31, 2022, 12:00 pm CT

In April 2022, SPN shared our intent in providing the membership with tools and resources to mobilize the pediatric nurses’ voice on the state level. SPN believes that protecting, advocating for, and ensuring children’s welfare is a priority to SPN and our membership. Policy initiatives that curtail or limit access to healthcare contradicts a core tenant of the healthcare provider mission. It also directly conflicts with pediatric nurses’ mission to advocate for, and protect, their patients’ rights.

Legislation seeking to ban or limit gender-affirmation care for minors has begun to crop up—and make progress—in many state legislatures. Any disruption to healthcare access, regardless of gender status, creates the potential for significant harm. Policies that impose deliberate barriers to gender-affirming care targets the physical and mental health of minors seeking this care. Research shows that denying or limiting minors’ access to gender-affirming care can have significant health implications that may result in anxiety, depression, and suicide.


Proactive and Supportive Strategies to Promote Emotional Safety

Instructor:  Jenaya Gordon, MA, CCLS, NCC 
Tuesday, August 24, 2022, 12:00 pm CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

Healthcare experiences can shape how children respond in medical settings. this webinar will offer participants practical skills and strategies to promote emotional safety, to support children during times of distress and meet the child’s unique needs.

Families/caregivers who may not be eligible or cannot afford future counseling. Nurses do not have the training to manage these patients they encounter. Nurses need the knowledge to mange these patients while they are temporarily in their care


Unlocking the Teenage Brain: Understanding the Neuroscience Behind Teenage Behavior

Instructor:  Kimberly A. Hinman, PhD
Tuesday, July 14, 2022, 1:30 pm CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

Individual counseling may be cost prohibitive for many patients/families. Often the RNs on inpatient acute settings need tools to help with the adolescent patients and their families/caregivers who may not be eligible or cannot afford future counseling. Nurses do not have the training to manage these patients they encounter. Nurses need the knowledge to mange these patients while they are temporarily in their care.


Eating Disorders: “Why so Scary?”

Instructor: Angela Kinstler, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CNL
Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 2:00 pm CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

The webinar session will cover an in depth understanding on how to recognize signs and symptoms of an eating disorder, the evidenced-based medical and psychological treatment for eating disorders and how to communicate with these patients and their families.

TRAUMA INFORMED CARE - Why it is critical for patient care success
Instructor: Tanner Funk DNP, RN
Date: Monday, February 7, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

This presentation reviews the critical area of trauma-informed care and how it is vital to all health care workers to have a fundamental understanding of how this process works and how it can directly affect our patient care population in our health system.

Managing Behavior Through De-Escalation
Instructor: Olivia Miller, MA, BCBA, LABA
Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

Hospitals across the U.S. are currently experiencing high volumes of patients with acute behavioral needs. Often, nurses in the inpatient setting are the first staff members to respond to agitated patients. Current nursing education does not usually include training on de-escalation and managing the escalated patient. This offering will help provide insight and training to nurses who may encounter acutely escalated patients and strategies to help reduce escalation, thereby decreasing the likelihood of patient and staff injury. Takeaways include de-escalation strategies.

Pediatric Nurses Week Webinar: Claiming Control Amid Crushing Chaos
Instructor: Dr. Kelly Beischel PhD, RN, CAPP
Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

Nurses are experiencing burnout at unprecedented rates during these uncertain times. In a 2020 study, nurses reported the following issues to be of concern: limited supplies, increased stress levels, workload, risk of personal illness, bullying, and lack of organizational preparedness for the increased influx of patients. This webinar will provide the participant with strategies to control and support wellbeing. Participants will create a plan for self-care that includes new wellbeing strategies or interventions.


An Update on Psychiatric Medications in Pediatrics
Instructor: Claire Herbst, PharmD, BCPS
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

There has been a significant increase in behavioral and mental health diagnoses in adolescents. There has also been an increase in the number of medications prescribed, and clinicians need to understand the diagnosis and medications.


Emotion Coaching: How to Support Both Teenagers and Parents to Manage Problematic Behavior
Instructor: Kim Hinman, PhD
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

This presentation reviews the key five steps of emotion coaching, allows participants to explore their emotional intelligence, and reviews adolescent emotional development. It also examines how to apply emotion coaching techniques to teenage patients while supporting their parents/caregivers in using the methods. This method was initially designed as a resource for parents to help children navigate their emotional world; however, the practice of emotion coaching and its benefits extend far beyond parent-child interactions and is a valuable tool for behavioral health providers.

Virtual Clinical Experiences and Student Engagement
Instructor: Lynn Acierno, MSN, RN, MEDSURG-BC, OCN
Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

Are you looking for inspiration to create valuable virtual clinical experiences? Look no further; this webinar provides you with strategies to engage students using an example of a highly interactive unfolding case study. Overcoming obstacles and virtual etiquette are also covered.


Pediatric COVID-19 Pharmacotherapy
Instructors: Kwan Rey Chen PharmD and Sharon Norman, DNP, APRN, CNS, CCRN
Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Time: 6:30 PM CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

Sponsored By: The Clinical Nurse Specialist SIG
This webinar provides an overview of COVID-19 and pharmacologic treatment. The presentation includes indications, dosing, and adverse effects for remdesivier, immunomodulatory agents, and anticoagulation in patients with COVID-19 disease.


Understanding the Prevention of COVID
Instructor: Dr. Robert Frenck
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

This webinar provides an update on the new COVID vaccines. It gives participants information on how to decrease their risk of getting COVID, reviews the leading COVID vaccine candidates, discusses the importance of vaccination, and reviews why it will be necessary for all age groups to be vaccinated. You will find answers about everything you would want and need to know about vaccines to help you give a better understanding to those you care for and your friends and family!


The Journey of Virtual Education: From Classroom, to Practice to Patient Care
Instructors: Jennifer Davis, Christy Solorio, Bridget Houlahan, Beth Fisher, Joanne Dang, Tiffany Chu, Angie Marin, Erin Alexander, Carissa Crawford
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Time: 6:30 PM CT
Contact Hour(s): 2.0
Sponsored By: Education Specialist SIG

This presentation is a roundtable discussion with panelists answering questions providing potential, new, and creative solutions in relation to transitioning to virtual learning.


Leadership Principles and the Holidays, Lessons Learned; Really?
Instructor: Tina Spagnola, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, NE-BC 
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0
Sponsored By: Sarstedt

This webinar provides a lighthearted look at the principles of leadership. While this webinar has a holiday spin, the leadership principles will last well beyond the winter holidays and not leave you with the holiday blues. Join us for something to take you well into the new year. 


Child First Techniques
Instructors: Kara Hellums, Child Life Specialist, BS
Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0
Sponsored By: Education Specialist SIG

This presentation will focus on the unique needs of the hospitalized child. The presenter will offer the healthcare professionals the opportunity to develop skills to assist with the interface between the patient and caregiver.


SPN Pediatric Nurses Week Panel: How Our Nurses Overcame Challenges and Implemented Innovative Strategies during the COVID Pandemic
Instructors: Diane S. Hupp, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Patricia A Harris, Dawn Wilkerson, Tammy Spencer
Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

COVID -19 changed the healthcare landscape, often requiring preparation for the unknown. This webinar features a panel of pediatric nurse leaders sharing their experiences and the innovative ideas and strategies developed from these challenges.


How Do We Solve A Problem Like Gun Injury: A Pediatrician’s Perspective
Instructor: Benjamin Hoffman MD CPST-I
Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

Firearms remain a very politically charged issue in the US. While guns are responsible for thousands of deaths and injuries across the country, we have not treated them like a public health crisis. By understanding the epidemiology of gun injury to children and youth, coupled with how we can open the conversation to talk about guns, we hope that we can start to change how we look at the problem and craft solutions. Healthcare providers remain hesitant to speak with families regarding firearms in the home in many circumstances. Issues for gun injury for children and youth are unique compared to the adult population. While talking about guns is important, action in communities and at the policy level is necessary to effect real change.


From Exhausted to Extraordinary: Strategies to Reverse Nurse Burnout
Instructor: Renee Thompson DNP, RN, CSP
Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

This webinar is for clinical nurses, nurse leaders, and nurse educators dealing with stress and burnout in the workplace. This content will provide them with practical strategies to immediately apply to reduce stress and enhance energy. This session is unique because the techniques are simple, helpful, and specific.


Clinical Practice Guidelines on Concussions
Instructor: Peggy Zysk, BSN, RN, CPN
Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

Proper concussion diagnosis and management are vital to providing the best patient outcomes. Join this webinar and learn about the Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Concussion in Pediatric and Adolescent Patients. The Society of Pediatric Nurses published these guidelines in November 2019; apply these evidence-based guidelines in your practice.

Moving the Needle for LGBTQ Youth: Effective Practices to Promote Well-Being
Instructor: Ellen Kahn, MSS
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

The webinar content will build knowledge on how best to assess patients' sexual orientation and gender identity, identify any specific health or safety risks related to these identities, and effectively educate and engage parents and other providers in affirming LGBTQ youth identities. This webinar is especially valuable for pediatric nurses as they often have limited access to this subject matter, both pre and post-licensure programs. Emerging data and evolving approaches to practice can significantly move their training forward.

Diabetes in the Pediatric Population: Where we Have Been and Where we are Going
Instructor: Rebecca Crespi, RN, MSN, CPNP, CDE
Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

This webinar will assist the pediatric nurse in reviewing the pathophysiology of diabetes (with a focus on T1DM), recognizing symptoms of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, the causes of hypo and hyperglycemia, and how to treat each. The webinar will also review the most up-to-date diabetes technology available for the pediatric population.

Akron Children’s Hospital Behavioral Health Services: An Evolutional Journey to Integration
Instructors: Jayme Speight, MSN, RN-BC and Douglas W. Straight, MA Ed., LPCC-S
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

Healthcare facilities have seen a rise in behavioral health needs in the pediatric population. Given that our young people are more likely to engage in risky behavior, mental health services and treatments must be made available and accessible. A timely response to the mental health needs of youth can prevent them from entering adulthood in crisis.” Attend this webinar and learn how one hospital integrated behavioral health into the system.

Holistic Self-care for Nurses: Caring for Ourselves to Improve the Care for Others
Instructor: Kathy Holloway, DNP, MA, RN, CNE, AHN-BC
Date: Monday, October 7, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

We all know self-care is essential, yet we don't apply strategies in our busy lives. Attend this webinar to learn how to incorporate self-care strategies into your busy life. This presentation is for working nurses who have busy lives outside of work. It applies to all specialties and all levels of experience. The content will add to the participant's knowledge in self-care and why self-care is vital to providing high-quality care to others.

Convert your Abstract into a Publishable Paper for the Journal of Pediatric Nursing
Instructors: Cecily Lynn Betz, PhD, RN, FAAN and Sandra Mott, PhD, RN-BC, CPN
Date: Monday, August 26, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM CT
Contact Hour(s): 1.0

This webinar is for future, current, or past poster presenters. Attend this webinar and learn how to take your poster to publication. Step into publishing your poster by attending this webinar.